Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pen Literary Awards

The Pen Literary Awards were announced the other day.   The winner of the Science Writing award was James Gleick for “The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood which I read about in August 2011.  Yes,  it deserves a prize. … Continue reading

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To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land by David Grossman 2008 / 653 pages Israeli Lit – (translated) Rating  7.5 I have a feeling I would have enjoyed this book a lot more had I not just finished Wish You Were … Continue reading

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Home

Home by Toni Morrison 2012/147 pages genre:  historical fiction (1952) rating:  8 In the pre-dawn hours 24-year old Frank Money, a recently discharged Korea War vet,  manages to feign sleep, escape his cuffs and sneak out of an asylum in … Continue reading

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Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here by Graham Swift 2012 / 336 pages Genre – contemp issues-relationships (literary) Rating – 9.5 Graham Swift now has a number of novels to his credit –  I’ve read two,  ”Final Orders” and Waterland,”   prior to Wish … Continue reading

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The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose

The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose  (also Who Do You Think You Are?) by Alice Munro 1978 / 224 pages short stories about one young woman, Rose rating – 9 This was first published in 1978 by Canadian … Continue reading

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By Nightfall

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham 2012 / 256 pgs genre – relationships – (?) Rating –  7.5 Peter and Rebecca Harris live an upscale life in New York where he is an art dealer with his own gallery while she … Continue reading

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The Better Angels of Our Natures

The Better Angels of Our Natures: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker 2011 / 832 pages Read by Arthur Morey – 36h. 43m. Rating – 8.5 I chose to read this because of a recommendation from Bill Gates on his … Continue reading

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Dubliners

Dubliners by James Joyce 1914 / 190 pages Rating 10 I read this collection of 15 short stories several years ago and very much enjoyed it – now another group is reading it and I decided to go for a … Continue reading

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Catherine the Great:

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie 2012/ 625 pages Rating: 7.5 I wanted to read this book since I saw the ads for it – since before it came out.  Well… as usual, there’s a … Continue reading

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Doctor Zhivago – x3

Doctor Zhivago – x3 by Boris Pasternak 1958 / 592 pages translated by John Hayward rating – 9.5 Well,  this is the third time I’ve read Doctor Zhivago –  this time was a very slow and thorough read, careful (I … Continue reading

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A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 1964 / 211 pages Rating 8 There are two versions of A Moveable Feast, which was a series of unorganized memoir-essays intended for a book at the author’s death.  The first version (1964) was … Continue reading

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The Gods of Gotham

The Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye 2012 – 432 pages Narrated by Steven Boyer – 12 h. 19 m. Rating:  A- This is a rather literary historical mystery set in New York City in 1845 – the days of … Continue reading

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